17 Jul 2008

Here we go, a few more nuggets from the recently published RIAI survey of their members on the performance of the planning system. First, how the various authorities fared, starting with the least popular (score out of a possible 10 - btw, the following scoreboard doesn't appear in this form in the RIAI's report - I personally collated the table from the information included in the report):

1

Clare County Council

3.82

2

Kildare County Council

3.94

3

Wicklow County Council

4.00

4

Galway City Council

4.03

5

Wexford Borough Council

4.47

6

Meath County Council

4.51

7

Cork County Council

4.60

8

Westmeath County Council

4.60

9

Leitrim County Council

4.65

10

Kerry County Council

4.88

11

Offaly County Council

4.90

12

Clonmel Borough Council

4.93

13

Donegal County Council

5.04

14

Carlow County Council

5.14

15

North Tipperary County Council

5.17

16

Mayo County Council

5.26

17

Waterford City Council

5.31

18

Waterford County Council

5.31

19

Roscommon County Council

5.33

20

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

5.33

21

Laois County Council

5.34

22

Galway County Council

5.43

23

Wexford County Council

5.48

24

Sligo Borough Council

5.57

25

Cavan County Council

5.68

26

South Tipperary County Council

5.70

27

South Dublin County Council

5.73

28

Louth County Council

5.74

29

Drogheda Borough Council

5.81

30

Kilkenny County Council

5.85

31

Dublin City Council

5.90

32

Fingal County Council

5.94

33

Monaghan County Council

5.95

34

Limerick City Council

6.00

35

Limerick County Council

6.00

36

Cork City Council

6.12

37

Longford County Council

6.20

38

Sligo County Council

6.23

  • About 2000 RIAI members were contacted and, of these, 400 responded. 60% of respondents were in Dublin; 61% of respondents were from offices of up to 5 people; 8% came from offices of 30 people or more; 80% of respondents were men.
  • 49% of overall respondents thought applications were invalidated for minor reasons – the rate was 53% in Dublin.
  • 45% overall said that local authorities generally refuses to allow pre planning meetings.
  • 61% overall said that senior management staff assigned to planning applications were relocated to other authorities/sections/departments during the course of their planning application.
  • 64% of Munster respondents said that inconsistent advice at pre-planning meetings resulted in unnecessary redesign because of requests for further information.
  • 68% of Munster respondendets said there is a lack of real focus on planning issues until the statutory deadline approaches.
  • 54 % overall said that local authorities makes unnecessary RFIs.
  • 17 % overall said that local authoriites draw on the support of design specialists in arriving at its planning decisions.
  • 69% overall think that planners are the source of planning delays.
  • Outside of Dublin, nearly 90 % think that planning does not contribute to the improvement of the built environment.
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